Catrin Finch

Catrin Finch, the most prominent harpist in the world was born and raised in Llanon, Ceredigion in 1980. On her sixth birthday she was given her first harp and received her first lesson. Her teacher Delyth Evans from Aberystwyth was amazed by her talent and when she was 8, Catrin met Wales ' famous harpist Elinor Bennett who then became her teacher for the next 8 years.

By the age of nine Catrin had succeeded in a grade 8 exam before joining the National Youth Orchestra of Britain and performing as the youngest member of the orchestra in the Proms at London 's Albert Hall at the age of 10.

When she was in her third year at London 's Academy, she received a phone call asking her to become the Prince of Wales' Official Harpist. Nobody had held this position since 1871 when Queen Victoria appointed Welsh harpist John Thomas.

Catrin has performed at the official opening of the National Assembly's second term in 2003 as well as performances across the United States , Europe , Thailand and the Far East . She also came first in the prestigious Lily Laskine International Harp competition .

In 2003, Catrin Finch's former teacher also became her mother in law when she married Hywel Wigley, son of Elinor Bennett and former Plaid Cymru President Dafydd Wigley